CONTACT LENS HISTORY
THE UK PIONEERS
Frederick Arnold Williamson-Noble qualified in 1914 and
became the first FRCS in ophthalmology. He
served in the Royal Navy during World War I and in 1924 was appointed
supernumerary surgeon to
He worked with
Dallos and Rugg-Gunn at
18 Cavendish Square
and found he could reduce the onset of Sattler's veil by blocking
the facial nerve with protocaine. In
the 1950s he designed a scleral lens with
a central near zone surrounded by an annulus for distance vision and was himself
fitted by Robert Turner with scleral bifocal lenses in 1953-4.
These were possibly the first bifocal contact lenses in the
In 1946 he was vice-president of the newly formed
Contact Lens Society and in 1953 wrote the forward to Norman Bier's book on
Handbook of Ophthalmology, H. Neame and F. A. Williamson-Noble,
Lenses Considered from the Clinical Standpoint, with a Survey of Results
Obtained', (Oxford Ophthalmological Congress, 1938), Trans. Ophthalm. Soc.
'Sphero-cylindrical Contact Lenses. A Preliminary Note.' Br. J. Ophthalmol. 24, 43 (1940). Williamson-Noble, Josef Dallos and Ida Mann.
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